Fighter’s Arrest Was Due to a Mistake, Attorney Says


Mixed martial arts professional Ian Gregory McCall, who competes in the 125-pound flyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, was sentenced to 32 days in jail for a probation violation that resulted in his most recent arrest, his attorney said Tuesday.

Laguna detectives working with federal Drug Enforcement Administration agents as part of an ongoing investigation took the 28-year-old Irvine man into custody for outstanding warrants on Tuesday, Aug. 14, in Irvine, said Laguna Beach Capt. Jason Kravetz, who declined to describe the nature of the law enforcement inquiry.

The fighter, nicknamed “Uncle Creepy,” should be released from jail by month’s end, said Newport Beach criminal defense attorney George Vargas, who denied knowledge of the police inquiry.

“Ian has been so focused on his training and getting his life back together he overlooked this,” said Vargas, referring to the outstanding warrants related to a 2008 drug charge and a suspended license. Bail was set at $16,500.

“He’s had zero run-ins since he did drug rehab and got his life on track,” said Vargas, explaining that his client mistakenly thought his license had been restored after a prior court appearance over unpaid parking tickets and that his sentence to rehab and labor for Caltrans resolved the drug charges.

McCall lost his most recent bout on June 8 against Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson in Sunrise, Fla., according to the website MMA Playground. He withdrew from another scheduled fight Aug. 4 at Los Angeles’ Staples Center, the site said. Vargas thought a knee injury was involved.

Court records show that McCall pled guilty to other offenses in 2009 and 2006.

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